President Obama chose William Daley as his new chief of staff yesterday, replacing Rahm Emanuel, who is leaving to run for mayor of Chicago… a job currently held by Daley’s brother Richard. It’s comforting to know there will be no net loss of Chicago politics in the White House.
The phantasmal cloud of “Hope and Change” that hung over the Obama presidential campaign required an astonishing degree of deliberate ignorance from his supporters. He was, after all, a product of the corrupt Chicago machine. The idea that he would somehow transcend the insular, carnivorous nature of that city’s politics was absurd. Far from illuminating the White House with fresh new ideas and youthful idealism, Obama has hauled a string of Windy City operators and tired old hacks to Washington.